The Mayo Clinic fired an MD three years ago, for advocating female genital mutilation. Doctor Hatem Elhagaly remains a physician “in good standing” in the state of Minnesota. Go figure.
It has long been our view that few human behaviors are as maniacal as the bizarre cultish ritual of mutilating the genitals of young females. In fact, we find it appalling that in the year 2015, the human race even tolerates the practitioners of this ugly brutality, to walk free among the rest of us. But we do.
You might think such insanity is limited to a few far-out nut-case religious cults tucked away in niches of the world. You would be wrong. It is estimated by the World Health Organization that at least 130,000,000 girls and women currently live with the permanent scourge of what health officials refer to as FGM – female genital mutilation. Another 3,000,000 will be forced to undergo the torturous procedure this year alone – and in fact every year after that. We’ll gleefully do the math for you: that’s 8,000 tortures a day. And why? Because in the jaw-dropping name of cultural “tolerance” – we look the other way.
This inane savagery is proudly performed at the hands of doctors and midwives in 30 known countries and involves cutting the female genitals for no health-related purpose whatsoever. Typically, it involves slicing away the clitoris; removing the inner and outer vaginal lips, and then suturing the lacerated wound together, leaving a small hole for urination and menstrual bleeding.
How cool is that?
Now you might also think that such monstrous mind-bend does not happen in the United States. Oh, you’d be wrong again. The number of women and girls who undergo female genital mutilation in the U.S. has more than doubled since 2005, and you may rest assured those numbers will continue to grow, concurrent with the ever-growing Muslim population. It is certainly true that Muslims are not the only proponents of such cruelty. It is also true that not all Muslims torture their daughters and wives-to-be in such a manner. But far too many men – in male-dominated cultures – who espouse this hidden ritual, believe the mutilation benefits their daughters because it prevents female sexual urges, which in turn keeps them pure and better ‘marriage material.’
Their daughters and future wives. Get it? They own them.
Best estimates are that 500,000 girls and women will likely undergo FGM in the U.S. or have already suffered the procedure, including 150,000 under the age of 18. Immigration from Mid-Eastern and African countries, where female mutilation is an entrenched cultural rite, is the primary factor for the rise in numbers, according to Mark Mather, a demographer at PRB who led the data analysis. 20% of the victims are immigrants from Egypt.
According to the PRB, in America, California has the largest number of at-risk women and girls, with 57,000; followed by New York with 48,000; Minnesota, with 44,000. New York City, Washington DC and Minneapolis are the metro areas where the largest numbers of the tortured women and girls of these cultures exist.
Oftentimes in the U.S. girls of these cultures are sent back to the father’s country of origin to undergo the mutilation – a wacko tradition referred to as “vacation cutting” or, paying the airfare for a foreign cutter to come here to perform the torture. The practitioners and families of these poor girls believe it will purify the female, guarantee that she remains sexually chaste, prevent her from cheating on her future husband and keep her well-behaved.
FGM has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996, but an amendment to the law banning vacation cutting wasn’t passed until 2012. In 2006, Khalid Adem, an Ethiopian immigrant, was the first person convicted of performing FGM in the U.S. after prosecutors alleged he cut his daughter’s clitoris with a pair of scissors. But the utter reality is that any case of true punishment is rare.
The Mayo Clinic has fired one of its physicians for advocating female genital mutilation. Doctor Hatem Elhagaly, a Muslim pediatrician, was dismissed for promoting a practice that is illegal in America but, in his words, “honors Islam, whose law trumps government.”
It may well be illegal, but so are a myriad of other routine unnecessary surgeries. Knowledgeable health authorities are fully aware “the law” doesn’t mean much to those who shroud barbarism in arcane religious dogma. They torture thousands of women behind closed doors and the victims are far too submissive to refuse.
The ritual has no health benefits for women. To the contrary, beside the emotional and psychological trauma, mutilation of the genitals can cause severe bleeding, urinary problems, painful mentruation, cysts, complication in childbirth, sterility and sometimes kills people.
In a statement announcing Elhagaly’s firing, the Mayo Clinic wrote, “Female circumcision in children – referred to as female genital mutilation in U.S. legal statutes – is a felony-level child abuse crime. Mayo Clinic strongly opposes the procedure and it has never been performed at any Mayo facility.”
An internet blog devoted to medical practices says that Elhagaly “justifies this position by referring repeatedly to the words of classical Islamic scholars from the four schools of mainstream Sunni Islamic thought, all of which attest to FGM. It also refers to the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, who reportedly counseled people on how to perform the torture in a way that would be ‘more beautiful to behold and better for [the woman’s] husband.’ “
The focus of this year’s United Nations’ International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM is the medicalization of FGM, which is on the rise, to ensure it is done by a medical practitioner. While many parents know it is harmful, they believe there is a reduced risk if their daughters are cut by a doctor who knows how to stop bleeding.
In many parts of the world, FGM by doctors is the norm. For example, in Egypt 75% of girls are mutilated by medical professionals. Groups like UNFPA and the Egyptian Ministry of Health are training doctors on what to do when a family brings them a girl and ask for her to be circumcised.
America the “melting pot.”
That is, until the meltdown.
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